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July 9th, 2018, 07:33 AM
Some interesting facts about Delaware:

- Delaware was the first state to ratify the United States constitution. It did so on December 7, 1787.

- Delaware shares a semi-circular border with Pennsylvania. The border was drawn at the time of the original land grants to William Penn from King Charles II and the Duke of York.

- The nation's first scheduled steam railroad began in New Castle in 1831.

- The United States battleship Delaware was commissioned in 1910.

- Delaware is the only state without any National Park System units such as national parks, seashores, historic sites, battlefields, memorials, and monuments.

- Delmar is popularized as the little town too big for one state. The community has the distinction of being located partly in Delaware and partly in Maryland.

- The most historic site in Frederica is Barratt's Chapel, built in 1780 and located east of town. The chapel is where the Methodist Church of America was organized in 1784.


- Today about 500 descendants of the original Nanticoke Indians reside in Delaware. They celebrate their heritage each September with the Nanticoke Indian Pow Wow.

- The log cabin originated in Finland. Finnish settlers arrived in Delaware in the mid-1600s and brought with them plans for the log cabin, one of the enduring symbols of the American pioneer. One of the cabins has been preserved and is on display at the Delaware Agricultural Museum in Dover.


- The Blue Hen chicken is the official state bird. The hens were noted for their fighting ability. Delaware is sometimes referred to as the Blue Hen State. Blue Hens are the fiercest of all fighting roosters. Revolutionary War soldiers would bring them to battle field for entertainment as well as inspiration.


- Eleven years after the landing of the English pilgrims the first white settlement was made on Delaware soil.

- In 1785 Oliver Evans of Newport invented the automatic flour-milling machinery that revolutionized the industry.


- In total area Delaware ranks 49th in the nation. It contains 1,982 square miles. It is 96 miles long and varies from 9 to 35 miles in width.

- Thomas Garret lost his entire fortune in his battle against slavery. He was sued by a Maryland slave owner and fined for aiding a black family in flight. Over his lifetime, Garrett reportedly helped more than 2,000 fugitive slaves move through Delaware, an important stop on the Underground Railroad. Quaker merchant Thomas Garret is thought to be the model for a Quaker farmer in the novel, "Uncle Tom's Cabin." Garret and famed abolitionist Harriett Tubman worked closely with Delaware's anti-slavery forces.


- The 87-foot Fenwick Island Lighthouse was painted in 1880 for a total cost of about $5.00.


- Twelve concrete observation towers along the coast were constructed during World War II to protect the state's coastal towns from German u-boat attacks.

- Fisher's popcorn is a famous coastal caramel corn. It has been ordered from as far away as Vietnam and Indonesia.

- New Sweden was founded as a colony in 1638 and is recognized as the first permanent colony on Delaware soil.

- Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library, six miles northwest of Wilmington features one of the world's finest naturalistic gardens.

- The 80-food Great Dune is the state's highest. It is located at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes.

- The Maryland/Delaware boundary and the Mason-Dixon Line divide Delmar. A double crown stone marker was erected in 1768 as the southern end of the only North-South portion of the Mason-Dixon line.

- Horseshoe crabs may be viewed in large numbers up and down the Delaware shore in May. The crabs endure extremes of temperature and salinity. They can also go for a year without eating and have remained basically the same since the days of the dinosaur.

- Hagley Museum was originally the du Pont black powder manufactory, estate, and gardens.

- The Du Pont Laboratories first produced nylon at its plant in Seaford. This earned the town the distinction of being the Nylon Capital of the World.

Eleuthère Irénée du Pont, a French immigrant, built the state's first gunpowder mill on Brandywine Creek near Wilmington in 1802. The Du Pont Company would eventually become the largest chemical company in the United States.

- Delaware was named for Lord de la Warr. He was the first governor of Virginia.


- The Delaware Indians were one of the most advanced tribes of the eastern United States.

- New Castle County includes the largest population and smallest area of Delaware's three counties.

- Delaware has fewer counties than any state in the Unites States, only three: New Castle, Kent, and Sussex.

- Despite being the second-smallest state, Delaware is also the sixth most densely populated state in America.*

- Wilmington's Delaware History Center is housed in a renovated, art deco former Woolworth five-and-ten-cent store.

- America's newest tall ship is ten stories high and 139 feet long. The recreation is the Kalmar Nyckel that landed on the Christina River in 1638.


- The frying pan built in 1950 for use at the Delmarva Chicken Festival is 10 feet in diameter and holds 180 gallons of oil and 800 chicken quarters.


- The town of Milton was named after the English poet John Milton in 1807.

- Brigadier-General Caesar Rodney of Dover, the guy on the back of the 1999*Delaware state quarter, rode 80 miles on horseback overnight to Philadelphia on July 1, 1776 to cast an important vote—despite suffering from asthma and skin cancer. His vote was the deciding factor in favor of the nation’s independence.


- One of the first “resort beauty pageants” was held in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware in 1880. Thomas Edison*served as one of the judges.*

- An insect species, the Bethany Beach firefly, can only be found in Delaware. The firefly was rediscovered in 1998 after disappearing for nearly 40 years.

- There is no sales tax in Delaware, which means the state's various malls and outlets are major attractions for tourists looking to save year-round.

- Students in Wilmington once held the record for the world’s tallest LEGO tower. The tower stood 113 feet tall and was made of over 500,000 bricks. The new record now stands at 114 feet and over 600,000 bricks, so Delaware has some work to do to reclaim the title.

- Henry Heimlich, inventor of the life-saving Heimlich maneuver, was born in Wilmington.

- During the American Revolutionary War almost 4,000 men from the small state of Delaware enlisted for the war.

- Only one American Revolutionary War battle was fought in Delaware which was the Battle of Cooch's Bridge in 1777. Tradition holds the first time Betsy Ross's famous flag was flown was at the Battle of Cooch's Bridge. This historic site is located on route 4 in Newark.

- In this state it is illegal for anyone to fly over a body of water of any type and size unless the aircraft they are in has essential food and water supplies.

OK, ya had me at no sales tax........sounds almost to good to be true......but it is true!

July 9th, 2018, 08:13 AM
I am so glad to see you back, I missed you.

July 9th, 2018, 10:05 AM
Thanks , Anita! So glad you are back. Missed you!!:(

July 9th, 2018, 10:08 AM
Thank you for this....so glad you are back with us, Anita!

July 9th, 2018, 10:11 AM
Wow! For such a small state, Delaware sure has a lot of interesting historical facts!


July 9th, 2018, 02:37 PM
Fascinating! Being a West Coaster, I never knew any of this about Delaware. Thank you!